Steve Deace is a nationally syndicated conservative, Christian talk show host who can be heard on radio stations and seen on several TV news broadcasts. He also regularly writes for several periodicals and news blogs.  Steve is a devout Christian who regularly includes religious leaders on his radio show and is unapologetic about sharing his faith on a daily basis during his three hour show.

The 2013 Lutherans for Life convention invited Steve to provide the keynote address. During that speech Steve shared his own humble beginnings as the son of a teenage mother. Steve is strongly pro-life and a strong adherent that God is the source for all of our rights and responsibilities. Steve regularly shares his faith in speaking engagements around the country as well as in his own home congregation.

Steve believes the Bible is literally true and that the Constitution is not a living, breathing document subject to change on a whim. His first book is Rules for Patriots. He is married to wife Amy and has three children.

Steve will be speaking at the volunteer and donor banquet Friday evening, the 28th and again on Saturday, the 29th when he will speak to all gathered for the dedication.


Dr. Dean Wenthe served as president of Concordia Theological Seminary, 1996-2011, and is currently professor of Exegetical Theology. He is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. (1971), received his Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J. (1975), an M.A. (1985) and a Ph.D. (1991) from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. He served as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Atlantic, Iowa, and pastoral assistant, Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven, Ind. He is the interim president of the Concordia University System for The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Dr. Wenthe is the general editor of the Concordia Commentary series (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House) and associate editor of the Concordia Self-Study Bible (CPH). He edited the volume on Jeremiah/Lamentations in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (Downers Grove, Ill.:InterVarsity Press, 2009.)




Kurt Johnson was a staff member at Lutheran Island Camp back in the 1970’s. After leaving camp, curt went on to be involved in youth ministry on the West Coast. Today Kurt’s group is called Mr. J’s Band and works with churches, camps, and other youth ministries. We are blessed that Kurt will be joining us for the dedication where he will be working with the children and providing a concert Saturday evening.